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Human rights commission sets up panel to probe SARS

National Human Rights Commission has set up an 11-man independent panel to investigate allegations of violation of human rights by the operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

SARS was scrapped by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, following ongoing protests across the country against excesses of the operatives.

NHRC Executive Secretary, Tony Ojukwu, in a statement on Saturday, said all petitions, complaints, and memoranda must reach the Commission, which is the Secretariat of the Panel, on or before October 31, 2020.

Ojukwu said, “In line with the National Human Rights Commission’s mandate and in response to the nationwide agitations by some Nigerian youth groups under the auspices of #EndSARS, the NHRC has constituted an 11-man Independent Investigative Panel to look into allegations of human rights violations against the defunct SARS and other units of the force.”

Members of the Panel include Abdulrahaman Yakubu, Yemi Ademolakun, Chioma Chuka, Prof. Ayo Atsenuwa, Tijani Mohammed, Dr. Uju Agomoh, DIG Ibrahim Lamorde, Dr. Garba Tetengi, SAN, Feyikemi Abudu, John Aikpokpo Martins, while Hilary Ogbonna, will serve as its secretary.

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